Friday, January 07, 2005

Just a couple of quickies ripped off from FARK:

Seeking to build support among black families for its education reform law, the Bush administration paid a prominent black pundit $240,000 to promote the law on his nationally syndicated television show and to urge other black journalists to do the same.

The campaign, part of an effort to promote No Child Left Behind (NCLB), required commentator Armstrong Williams "to regularly comment on NCLB during the course of his broadcasts," and to interview Education Secretary Rod Paige for TV and radio spots that aired during the show in 2004.

Williams said Thursday he understands that critics could find the arrangement unethical, but "I wanted to do it because it's something I believe in."

Hardly surprising, really. The White House did the same thing a year or so ago with the Medicare Drug Benefit propaganda that looked like real news reports. Just more insidious bullshit from a government that thinks you're too stupid, cow-like and mentally castrated to care that they're doing sneaky, snarky bullshit in the name of the American people.

And, just 'cause it's local:

LAKE STEVENS, Wash. - Someone in the Census Bureau (news - web sites) may be watching a little too much MTV. Bevis Lake, a 5.7-acre body of water in a forested area about 25 miles northeast of Seattle, is now appearing in Bureau records with a different name: Butthead Lake.

Ah, Washington...

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